James Cartlidge has been flying the flag for our club all year in his first full season of road racing. With a top ten placing already under his belt this year, he was keen to make further progress in a recent race in the Cornwall Series in Perranporth. This time with support from his brother Rob racing too and from the sounds of it, working as a domestique for Rob!
Here’s James’s write-up of the race which is a great advert for anyone considering racing for the first time and worth noting that this result also promotes James to Cat 3 which is be a fantastic reward for his efforts this year! Well done!!
Cornish Series Race 5 Cat 4
“Me and my brother, Rob, raced in the CAT 4 circuit race at Perronporth airfield on Wednesday evening. The race being part of the Cornish series organised by Penzance Wheelers, consists of a set period of time riding a short course (45 minutes in our CAT 4 race), after the time is complete its next lap wins. This format of racing is exciting and I would strongly recommend anyone who is new to racing to try it out.
The race itself started off at a quick pace, with me positioning myself near the front to be able to react and close down any early attacks, which came from two mid-Devon ridings plus a couple of solo attempts from other riders. After the early attacks and the bunch coming back together, Rob did some excellent turns on the front the keep the bunch under control.
One final attack came from a London Velo rider (on holiday maybe), after closing the gap I realised I had distanced the bunch and decided to counter attack, however after half a lap I felt I would succeed, so sat up.
It came down to the final lap, with a Exeter Velo rider attacking at the start of the final lap, again after closing the gap to the rider, we had a few bike lengths on the bunch so tried to continue the attack, but were catch on the final corner by the two Mid-Devon ridings, who had came back strong after there early attacks, which left me leading out onto the finish straight. It came down to a 4 man sprint to the line, with the two Mid-Devon riders having the legs on me and taking the first and second by a few bike lengths, leaving myself to fight for third with the Exeter Velo rider still on my wheel and from a flying Tavistock wheeler coming from deep. However, with a final effort and a lunge for the line I hanged onto third. After Rob’s work early on he finished just off the pace on the final lap, but excellent effort and another step forward.
All in all, lovely summers evening, really enjoyable race, best result yet and 10 quid.
The next race is on the 16/7/14, Rob is racing and I’m hoping to make it. “